What are the treatment options? There are a variety of resources on the Internet that can help a problem gambler get their gambling under control. There are also many 24-hour help lines that are designed to offer counseling, referrals and someone to talk to about problem gambling. These resources are listed below.
Benton Country Health Department offers three treatment options for problem gamblers, depending on the person’s needs:
- GEAR (Gambling Evaluation and Reduction): A free, confidential phone-based program helps participants learn how to avoid potentially harmful gambling patterns. The program includes phone consultation, workbook exercises, and referral resources to help participants in making the right decisions about gambling. Call 1-877-278-6766 or 1-877-870-0177 to enroll or to get more information.
- Outpatient Treatment: Face-to-face interventions with a professional. This free treatment is offered to the gambler and/or their family members. The program offers assessment, individually tailored treatment, one-on-one counseling, group counseling and/or family involvement. Call 541-967-3819 to schedule an appointment.
- Residential Care and Crisis Respite Services: This is an inpatient treatment option where participants either briefly or for a longer period of time reside in a treatment facility. Participants must be referred from an outpatient treatment program.